Backlighting and Sunflower

This sunflower image was taken in late September a few years ago.

This sunflower image was taken in late September a few years ago.

When photographing flowers in the morning look at where the rising sun is located and the direction the light is hitting your subject.  The image above was taken on a very brisk morning in late September just as the sun was coming up in the east.  Both the Sunflower and the Yellowjacket were in their last days before the hard frosts of autumn sent them into hibernation.

What makes this image appealing to me is the bright colors of yellow and green.  I also wanted to show the Sunflower in a different way, showing it from the back with hints of the yellow that is normally so very prominent on the flower when it is photographed from the front.

Have you ever looked at and considered photographing flowers from a different angle?  Do you find backlighting to be effective and unique, or something that has been overused?  If you had this subject to photograph, would you do something differently?  Does the slightly out of focus Yellowjacket add something extra to this image or is it a distraction?

About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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